Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
V T 87AADVANCED ANIMAL CARE SKILLS ISummer 2011
3 hours laboratory.1 Unit

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 9/29/10

1. Description -
Practical application of animal care skills and principles of animal care and management, integrating advanced techniques and knowledge gained through classroom instruction. Opportunity to participate in the health care team in a supervisory role with increased organizational responsibility. Emphasis on instruction of first-year students in basic principles of facilities management and maintenance care of resident animals. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. perform physical examination and patient assessment of teaching animals.
  2. list and articulate standard operational procedures and correctly perform routine animal care
  3. list and articulate standard operational procedures and correctly perform routine cleaning and disinfection
  4. administer treatments exactly as prescribed or directed by the instructor
  5. Follow instructions and execute all treatment orders with precision
  6. demonstrate technical competency and appropriate application of essential clinical skills.
  7. demonstrate the ability to receive, understand and carry out instructions accurately.
  8. exhibit professionalism and perform responsibly in providing for the needs of the resident teaching animals and in maintenance of the clinical facility.
  9. cooperate with classmates and work efficiently and competently with minimal supervision.
  10. acquire new vocabulary and integrate veterinary medical terminology appropriately into speech and writing.
  11. integrate knowledge of anatomy to the practice of veterinary technology.
  12. develop and demonstrate supervisory and personnel management skills by organizing first-year students in the accomplishment of assigned group tasks.
  13. demonstrate discriminative and decision-making thinking by participating with the instructor in the formulation of diagnostic, therapeutic, and management plans.
  14. generate and maintain clinical records, work schedules, performance evaluations, and
other written communications applicable to animal health care and personnel supervision.
  • serve as a role model of responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation, and technical knowledge for first-year students.
  • 3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
    Live animals of companion, large, and laboratory animal species; housing and restraint facilities. Laboratory equipped with examination tables and diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and supplies as needed.

    4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
    1. Animal Care Protocols
      1. Routine Animal Care and Husbandry Requirements
        1. Dogs
        2. Cats
        3. Horses
        4. Ruminants
        5. Laboratory Animal species
    2. Facility Maintenance
      1. Routine cleaning
      2. Sanitation
      3. Principles of disinfection
      4. Inventory management
      5. Record keeping
      6. USDA Regulations
      7. Care and safe use of cleaning equipment
    3. Daily veterinary care of the teaching animal colony and the maintenance of the clinical facilities.
      1. Performance of Animal Care according to standard practices.
      2. Medical record keeping.
      3. Medical communication with peers and superiors
        1. Doctor's Orders
        2. Giving "Report" to supervisors.
        3. Communication with peers.
      4. Working as a team to complete tasks
      5. Taking personal responsibility for all assigned tasks.
    4. Techniques and rationale of animal care tasks
      1. Physical examination and patient assessment
      2. Triage and reporting
      3. Animal nursing
      4. Care and safe use of veterinary medical equipment
      5. Common animal care treatments
    5. Professionalism at it applies to animal care.
    6. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
      1. Dog
      2. Cat
      3. Horse
      4. Ruminants
      5. Laboratory Animal Species
    7. Management Skills
      1. Supervisory Skills
      2. Delegation of Tasks
      3. Leadership
    8. Animal Nursing Care Plans
      1. Role in the Veterinary Medical Team
      2. Communication with the Doctor
      3. Implementing plans
      4. Following through
    9. Role Modeling
      1. Professionalism
      2. Work Ethic
    5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
     
    6. Methods of Evaluation -
    Evidence of responsibility in carrying out supervisory duties, technical competency, accuracy and completeness of records. Evaluation will be done by instructor observation, peer evaluation, and examination of records.
    7. Representative Text(s) -
    Bassert, Joanna M. and Dennis M. McCurnin. Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians., 7th ed., W. B. Saunders Co., 2009.

    8. Disciplines -
    Veterinary Technology
     
    9. Method of Instruction -
    Discussion, Field work, Demonstration.
     
    10. Lab Content -
    Practical application of animal care skills and principles of animal care and management, integrating advanced techniques and knowledge gained through classroom instruction. Opportunity to participate in the health care team in a supervisory role with increased organizational responsibility. Emphasis on instruction of first-year students in basic principles of facilities management and maintenance care of resident animals.
     
    11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
     
    12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
    Medical record keeping for program teaching animals.
    13. Need/Justification -
    This course is required core course for the A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology.


    Course status: Active
    Last updated: 2014-03-22 16:30:26


    Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines